Officers in Portland, Oregon have been fired after police officers were found to be using “shoot to save life” language, a new report said.
The Portland Police Department released a statement Monday morning saying it has terminated all officers in the department, which includes the department store, and its civilian employees.
The department said the department’s “shoot-to-save-life” policy was changed to “shoot when necessary.”
Police chief Brian Roberts told KATU News on Monday that the policy had not changed in more than two years.
Police Chief Brian Roberts in Portland Oregon.
He said the change was made after a “significant number of shootings” in recent years.
Roberts said in the statement that his department is reviewing all personnel policies to make sure “any and all employees are being trained in the use of force.”
Roberts said that the department will review its use-of-force policies for the Portland Police Bureau and its departments “all other departments that are participating in the statewide use of deadly force.”
The city’s police union also has been calling for changes to the department.
The union’s president said that his members have been threatened and “told that they are going to be fired.”
“It’s a slap in the face,” he said.
“We’ve been asking for change since the beginning.”
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said the city’s “kill-to, protect-life policy is wrong and should not be in place.
It’s time for the city of Portland to end the practice of using deadly force on innocent citizens.”
Wheeler also said that he would have to wait until the city gets the results of an independent review of police practices.
Wheeler said that “the department has a good track record” of reforms.
“But we’re going to continue to fight for accountability,” he told KOTU.
The shooting deaths of Laquan McDonald and Sylville Smith have led to calls for changes in the way police officers respond to calls.
The first officer killed in Portland was identified as Officer Jeremy Christian.
He was shot to death while responding to a call for help from a homeless man in Southeast Portland, on Saturday.
A second officer, identified as Eric Christian, was shot in the back and died at a hospital.
The third officer, also identified as Christian, died from his injuries at the hospital.
Officers have been involved in a string of deaths since the shootings.
On Monday, a man who police said was involved in the McDonald shooting was arrested.
Police said the man was involved “in a shooting in the city,” but did not elaborate.
Officers in the Portland area have been criticized for using deadly weapons and for excessive force in the past.
In December, a federal judge in California ordered the city to change its “shoot first, ask questions later” policy after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man.
The city has not yet implemented the new policy.
Portland police have faced criticism for their use of excessive force, including excessive force against people who have called for help.
Officers fired pepper spray at a man during a protest on March 7, 2017.
Police in Portland on Monday.
They used pepper spray against a man.
On Friday, a white man was shot and injured in a drive-by shooting.
Officers shot and wounded a man with a baton during a rally in downtown Portland on April 11, 2017, the same day that another officer was shot.